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Three Skiers Rescued from Glacier

Search and rescue team members came to the assistance of three telemark skiers on Öraefajökull, a Vatnajökull sub-glacier, last night. The men had sought shelter at Snaebreid by Tjaldskard, northeast of Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland’s highest peak.


Search and rescue team members on a glacial hike. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

According to Morgunbladid, there was a whiteout in Tjaldskard where the weather was stormy and snowy but the three skiers were well prepared for such conditions.

The rescuers, who were from Höfn, Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Vík, drove up the sub-glacier Breidamerkurjökull on ski-doos, two jeeps and a snowmobile, reports.

Shortly after midnight, when they were approximately six-kilometers from the skiers, the drivers of the ski-doos had to turn around.

Fridrik Jónas Fridriksson, chairman of the Hornafjördur Rescue Association, said the weather had become crazy. The other drivers continued but it took a long time to cover the last six kilometers—the journey took almost three hours in total.

The skiers had slept in a tent on Saturday and stayed inside the tent the following day because of the weather.

Fridriksson commented people have to follow weather forecasts before they decide to go on a tour in these altitudes. Bad weather had been forecast early last week, he said, pointing out that the weather is not the same at an altitude of 400 and 1,900 meters.

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